David "Dave" Stergakos (Greek: Ντέιβιντ "Ντέιβ" Στεργάκος; born October 24, 1956) is a retired Greek American professional basketball player and basketball coach. At a height of 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he played at both the power forward and center positions.

David Stergakos
Personal information
Born (1956-10-24) October 24, 1956 (age 63)
Montclair, New Jersey
NationalityGreek / American
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
CollegeBloomfield (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 4 / Pick: 72nd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1978–1992
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1978–1992Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Stergakos played college basketball under the name David Nelson (Δαυίδ Νέλσον), at Bloomfield College, in the United States.

Professional playing careerEdit

Stergakos was selected by the Boston Celtics, in the 4th round of the 1978 NBA Draft, with the 72nd overall draft pick. He was the first Greek player ever selected by an NBA team.

A year later, in 1979, he moved to Panathinaikos, in Greece. He is one of the greatest players in Panathinaikos history, as he won 4 Greek League championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984), and 4 Greek Cups (1979, 1982, 1983, 1986). He was also a Greek Cup finalist in 1985. He was the Greek Cup Finals Top Scorer in 1986. In the 1987–88 season, he was the top rebounder in the Greek League, with an average of 12.2 rebounds per game.

Greek national basketball teamEdit

Stergakos was an important member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the silver medal at EuroBasket 1989. He was also a member of the Greek national team that finished in 6th place at the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

Coaching and managing careerEdit

After his playing career ended, Stergakos went into coaching, and then became a club general manager. Stergakos coached Milon and Papagou, and he managed AEK, Panathinaikos, and Maroussi.

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